All salmon fishing closed below Bonneville Dam starting Sept. 2

Columbia River

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington closed all salmonid (salmon and steelhead) fishing, including both retention and catch-and-release fishing, on the Columbia River from Buoy 10 to Bonneville Dam as of tonight, Thursday Sept. 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Higher than expected catch, effort, and handle rates of lower Columbia River tule fall Chinook in the Buoy 10 fishery have put the recreational fishery over its allowable impact limit for this ESA-listed stock, which is the most constraining salmon stock this time of year. (Non-treaty fisheries remain within their overall impact limits.)

Chinook handle (and ESA impacts) were more than double expected rates during the non-mark-selective portion of the Buoy 10 fishery with some of the highest handle rates of fall Chinook ever observed, one fish per angler on some days. Even after Chinook retention closed at Buoy 10, Chinook handle remained high in the coho-directed fishery with about 750 fall Chinook being released yesterday by Oregon anglers.

“This closure is a big deal and a decision not taken lightly, but we’ve got to do this to ensure fisheries remain within their conservation limits on these listed runs of fish,” said Tucker Jones, ODFW’s Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program Manager. “It kills us to have to close fishing before Labor Day Weekend, especially when we recognize how important recreational angling is to both the conservation of salmon and to the economics of local communities that rely on this fishery.”

“Unfortunately, closing is our only option right now. But we are committed to getting folks back on the water as soon as possible, if it’s possible,” he continued “We’ll also be looking ahead to next year and thinking about how to do things differently to try and avoid this outcome in the future.”

Chinook retention had closed at Buoy 10 after Aug. 30 and in the ocean recreational fishery from Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon after Aug. 22. Steelhead retention was already closed.

Fishery biologists are continuing to track and update runs. Salmon fishing could reopen downstream of Bonneville to target this year’s large coho run at Buoy 10 or upstream of the Lewis River if it’s determined fisheries could be held and not further meaningfully impact lower river tule Chinook salmon.

With the closure, all angling for, and retention of, salmonid species (Chinook, coho, steelhead, sockeye) is closed on the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam. Angling for shad, walleye and other warmwater species remains open under permanent regulations, and sturgeon fisheries scheduled for later this month are not affected.

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OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, August 31st, 2022
Campbell Reservoir: Campbell Lake will still be closed
Upper Klamath Lake: The algae bloom is thick in some areas and pH is very high
Lake Of The Woods: Lake of the Woods has been stocked heavily with trophy rainbow trout
Miller Lake: Hatchery rainbow trout are still available
Sprague River: Best fishing is near the town of Beatty
North Fork Sprague River: Water temperatures have increased
South Fork Sprague River: Fishing for redband trout is best near Blaisdell
Williamson River: Williamson River Fishing Report
Coquille River: Coquille River Fishing Report
Eel Lake: Trout fishing should pick back up as water temperatures start to cool
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant Reservoir Fishing Report
Illinois River: Trout fishing is open through Oct. 31
Lemolo Lake: Anglers have been doing well at Lemolo
Lost Creek Lake: Lost Creek has been pretty busy on the weekends with the hot weather
Plat I Reservoir: Warmer weather likely has bass seeking cooler water
Rogue River- Lower: Fall Chinook fishing has been good in the estuary
Alsea River: Fall Chinook fishing is starting to pick up
Nehalem River: The Nehalem gets a unique early component to its fall Chinook run
Nestucca River: Summer steelhead fishing continues to be fair
Salmon River: Fall Chinook fishing had been slow but is starting to pick up
Siletz River: Fall Chinook fishing has picked up on the Siletz estuary
Siuslaw River: Siuslaw basin is closed for the entire 2022 salmon season
Trask River: We will need some rain before many fish move above tidewater on the Trask
Wilson River: Fishing for steelhead can improve in Septembe
Yaquina River: Fall Chinook fishing is starting to produce some fish on the Yaquina
Detroit Reservoir: Detriot Reservoir Fishing Report
Foster Reservoir: The reservoir is now full and all three boat ramps are currently available
Green Peter Reservoir: The water level in this reservoir is slowly beginning to drop
Quartzville Creek: The river is currently running at 27 cfs
Santiam River ( North Fork) : The gate at Green’s Bridge is now closed for the summer
Santiam River (South Fork): Currently flows are around 900 cfs at the Waterloo gauge
Crane Prairie Reservoir: Anglers report fair fishing Crane Prairie
Crooked River: The Crooked River is flowing at 183 cfs below Bowman Dam
Laurance Lake: Laurance Lake road is reopened to vehicle traffic
Metolius River: The Metolius River continues to fish well
North Twin Lake: Anglers report excellent fishing
Ochoco Reservoir: The reservoir is very low at 13 percent
Prinevile Reservoir: Trout fishing continues to be good near the dam
: Expect low water conditions at North and South Twin lakes
Wickiup Reservoir: The reservoir is very low at 13 percent
Grande Ronde River: Steelhead fishing will open on the Grande Ronde River on Sept. 1
John Day River: Conditions for bass and catfish fishing are good
Wallowa Lake : There are some nice kokanee available this year
Wallowa River: Steelhead fishing will open on the Wallowa River on Sept. 1